Kickoff – Cal vs. USC (Saturday, Nov. 9, Noon PT)
The Cal football team will take the field at Memorial Stadium for the final time this Saturday when the Golden Bears face USC in the Joe Roth Game and Senior Day. Kickoff is at Noon. The game will be televised by FOX or fans can tune in on KGO 810 AM or online via TuneIn.com. USC has won the last nine consecutive meetings in the all-time series that the Trojans lead, 65-30-5. The last time the Bears were victorious over USC was a 34-31 win in triple overtime at Memorial Stadium in 2003.
The Bears rank third in the Pac-12 in pass offense and eighth nationally, averaging 351.1 yards per game, and will go up against a USC defense that ranks first in the conference and 12th nationally in total defense (323.0 ypg).
Cal contiunued to show an improved rushing game in its most recent outing against Arizona, averaging a season-high 5.0 yards per carry and 2.0 more than its season average heading into the contest. Daniel Lasco returned to action against the Wildcats after missing the previous two games due to injury and rushed for a season-high 71 yards on 12 carries. Lasco’s efforts helped Cal almost post its first conference win of the season last week, as Arizona edged past Cal, 33-28.
Cal limited Arizona to 33 points, the fewest points the Bears have allowed since Portland State scored 30 on Sept. 7. The Bears produced season-highs of 10.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks, while equaling a season-high with six pass breakups.
• Jared Goff, Chris Harper and Bryce Treggs etched their names in the Cal record book during the Arizona game. Goff reached 2,881 passing yards and now ranks fifth in single-season passing yards at Cal, needing only 119 more to become the third player in school history to reach 3,000. He also ranks sixth on the single-season list in total offense (2,811). Harper is now tied for eighth on Cal’s single-season receptions list with 62, while Treggs is tied for 10th with 61. In addition, Cal set a school record for most pass completions and attempts in a season as the Bears now have 286 completions and 482 attempts in 2013, topping previous records of 278 completions and 452 attempts set in 2003.
• Kenny Lawler had three touchdown catches against Arizona to become the first Cal player to accomplish the feat since DeSean Jackson vs. Minnesota in 2006. The touchdown catches were the first three of Lawler’s career, with his three-yarder in the third quarter a one-handed grab with his left hand that was ranked ESPN’s No. 8 play of the day.
• Saturday’s game will mark the final appearance at Memorial Stadium for 13 Bears – Mitchel Bartolo, Jackson Bouza, Mark Brazinski, Dan Camporeale, Deandre Coleman, Vincenzo D’Amato, Jake Davis, Lucas King, Brandon Madueno, Bill Tyndall, Chad Smith, Harrison Wilfley and Matt Williams.
• Cal has two players tabbed as semifinalists in Khairi Fortt (Butkus Award®)and Vincenzo D’Amato (Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award).)
• Saturday’s game will also be Cal head coach Sonny Dykes’ 44th birthday.
Bears Face Nation’s Third-Toughest Schedule
With a docket that features eight teams that played in bowl games a year ago, Cal’s 2013 schedule ranked as the nation’s third-most difficult by Phil Steele and was No. 4 in the country according to Sporting News heading into the season. The Bears were the only team in the nation who had seven teams on its schedule ranked in the preseason top 25 as well as eight 2012 bowl teams on its slate. In addition, Ohio State was a perfect 12-0 last season but ineligible to go to the postseason. Cal has played four teams ranked in the top 25 at the time of their meeting in 2013 in Oregon (No. 2 AP/No. 2 USA Today), Ohio State (No. 4/3), UCLA (No. 11/13) and Northwestern (No. 22/No. 22). Three other opponents – Oregon State, USC and Washington – have been ranked at one point during the season. Stanford (No. 5 BCS/No. 6 AP/No. 6 USA Today) is the lone ranked team remaining on the team’s schedule.
Goff, Harper, Treggs, Get in Record Book
Goff reached 2,881 passing yards and now ranks fifth in single-season passing yards at Cal, needing only 119 more to become the third player in school history to reach 3,000. He also ranks sixth on the single-season list in total offense (2,811). Harper is now tied for eighth on Cal’s single-season receptions list with 62, while Treggs is tied for 10th with 61. In addition, Cal set a school record for most pass completions and attempts in a season as the Bears now have 286 completions and 482 attempts in 2013, topping previous records of 278 completions and 452 attempts set in 2003.
Thirteen Bears Play Final Game at Memorial Stadium
Today’s game will mark the final home game at Memorial Stadium for 13 Bears – Mitchel Bartolo, Jackson Bouza, Mark Brazinski, Dan Camporeale, Deandre Coleman, Vincenzo D’Amato, Jake Davis, Lucas King, Brandon Madueno, Bill Tyndall, Chad Smith, Harrison Wilfley and Matt Williams. Coleman is currently Cal’s active career leader in tackles (117), tackles for loss (25.0) and sacks (7.5). He and Camporeale, who originally came to Cal as a walk-on, are the team’s two lone senior starters. D’Amato, who is a candidate for the 2013 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, is tied fourth in the Pac-12 and tied for 18th nationally with an average of 1.56 field goals made per contest. D’Amato has connected on 14 of 17 attempts to rank fourth in the Pac-12 and tied for 43rd nationally in ﬁeld goal percentage (82.4%).
Cal’s 2013 squad facing the nation’s third-toughest schedule is also one of the nation’s youngest with a preseason experience rating that was No. 12 in the Pac-12 and No. 125 out of No. 126 teams nationally according to Phil Steele’s combined experience chart. Ironically, head coach Sonny Dykes’ former school, Louisiana Tech, was the only team in the nation at the start of the season according to Steele with less experience than the Bears. Cal has a current offensive and defensive depth chart that features 13 combined freshmen (8) and sophomores (5) that are listed as starters with only two seniors in that role.
Different Depth Chart
Since the season opener against Northwestern on Aug. 31, the Cal depth chart has had numerous changes due to multiple injuries and players no longer on the team. Nine players who have started or were projected starters prior to the season – Chris Adcock, Matt Cochran, Nick Forbes, Mustafa Jalil, Alex Logan, Chris McCain, Stefan McClure, Brennan Scarlett, Avery Sebastian – are either out for the season or have missed multiple games due to injury. Cochran is the only to have returned to action since the injury.
Success In The Air
Cal ranks eighth in the nation and third in the Pac-12 in passing offense (351.1 ypg), with the Golden Bears ahead of the school-record 321.5 yards per game posted by the 1997 team. With 3,160 total passing yards on the season, the Bears are also 545 yards away from the school record for most passing yards in a season (3,705 in 2003). Cal has produced 460 or more passing yards three times against Washington State (season-high 521), Portland State (485) and Northwestern (460). Cal also had 371 yards of passing offense against Ohio State and 352 at Washington. In the Bears’ win against Portland State, Cal had a season-high 616 yards of total offense topped by Jared Goff’s 485 passing yards. Cal and Portland State combined for 1,169 total offensive yards to rank second all-time at Cal. The Bears were also over 500 yards of total offense against Washington State (585), Northwestern (549) and Ohio State (503), with Goff throwing for a school-record 504 yards against Cougars. One of Goff’s passes against Washington State went for an 89-yard touchdown to Chris Harper, the second longest pass play in the history of the program.
Goff Having Strong Freshman Season
Jared Goff ranks in the top 10 nationally in completions per game (6th, 28.0 cpg), passing yards (4th, 2,881) and passing yards per game (8th, 320.1 ypg). He is also third in the Pac-12 in passing yards per game. Goff has completed 252-of-418 passes (60.3%) with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions for a 124.93 passer efficiency rating over his first nine collegiate contests.
Against Washington State, Goff passed for a school single-game record of 504 yards, surpassing Pat Barnes’ 503 yards in a quadruple-overtime win against Arizona in 1996. Goff owned three of the top four single-game passing performances in school history after his first five contests as he also had 485 yards in the air against Portland State and 450 against Northwestern. Goff also became the second Pac-12 quarterback to ever throw for 450 yards in three games in his career (Andrew Walter, Arizona State, 2002). One of Goff’s two touchdown passes against the Cougars went for 89 yards to Chris Harper. It was the second-longest pass play in school history. With 2,881 passing yards through nine games, Goff ranks fifth on the school’s single-season passing yardage top 10 and the 2,685 by Pat Barnes in 1995. The list is also topped by Barnes with 3,499 yards in 1996.
2013 Goff Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Passing (C-A-I-Yds-TD-Lg.)
Portland State 33-51-0-485-2-75
Ohio State 31-53-1-371-3-61
Washington State 33-59-1-504-2-89
Oregon State 21-31-1-220-0-45
Harper Hits Century Mark
Chris Harper’s first reception against Arizona last week was his 100th career catch at Cal. Harper is Cal’s leading receiver in 2013 with team highs of 62 receptions, 821 yards receiving and five touchdown catches. He is also tied for eighth on Cal’s top-10 list for single-season receptions and 51 receiving yards shy of the single-season top list in that category. Harper ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in per-game receptions (6.9 rpg) and third in receiving yards (91.2 ypg). He is 20th in the nation in per-game receptions and 30th in per-game receiving yards.
Harper had a career day against Washington State with 14 catches for 231 yards, including an 89-yard touchdown reception from Jared Goff, the second-longest pass play in school history. The receptions and receiving yards rank third in each category on Cal’s single-game lists. He became the fifth Cal receiver to post 200 yards receiving in a contest and the first since Geoff McArthur accomplished the feat against Stanford in 2003, with McArthur’s 16 catches in the same game setting the school record. Grisom has been over 100 yards receiving three times in 2013 (four times in his career) and has had more than 90 yards receiving on two other occasions this season.
Harper and Treggs Create One-Two Punch
Chris Harper and Bryce Treggs have combined for 123 catches, 1,462 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions in the first nine games. Treggs has career highs of 61 receptions and 642 yards receiving, while matching his single touchdown from last season. His 61 receptions rank tied for 10th on Cal’s single-season top 10 list.
Treggs is fifth in the Pac-12 and 23rd in the nation in per-game receptions (6.8 rpg), as well as 12th in the Pac-12 and tied for 69th in the nation in per-game receiving yards (71.3 ypg).
Against Washington State, Harper posted career highs of 14 catches and 231 receiving yards while adding a touchdown. Treggs added six catches for 70 yards to give the duo 20 catches for 301 yards, with the yardage total the second most by two Cal receivers in a single game. The record is 327 set by Wesley Walker (8-289) and Jesse Thompson (4-38) on Oct. 2, 1976, against San Jose State.
In the season opener against Northwestern, Treggs notched career highs of 13 catches and 145 yards receiving against the Wildcats. The 13 receptions ranks tied for fourth all-time in Cal single-game history. Combined with Harper’s 11 catches for 148 yards, their performances marked the 11th time in school history that Cal had two receivers go over 100 yards receiving in the same contest. The 293 yards receiving by Harper and Treggs against Northwestern ranks tied for third on the school’s all-time list for yards receiving by two receivers in a game.
2013 Harper Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.)
Portland State 4-61-0-37
Ohio State 6-115-1-42
Washington State 14-231-1-89
Oregon State 7-93-0-45
2013 Treggs Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.)
Portland State 8-121-0-50
Ohio State 7-51-1-14
Washington State 6-70-0-24
Oregon State 5-36-0-12
Last week against Arizona, Kenny Lawler became the first Cal player since DeSean Jackson vs. Minnesota in 2006 to catch three touchdowns in a game. The touchdown catches were the first three of Lawler’s career with his three-yarder in the third quarter a one-handed grab with his left hand that was ranked the No. 8 play of the day by ESPN. He also hauled in a 17-yarder in the second quarter and just kept his feet in on a career-long 29-yarder with 1:42 in the game that brought the Bears within a single TD of victory. Lawler finished the game with a career-high-tying six catches for a career-high 72 yards. He earned CFPA Honorable Mention WR of the Week honors for his efforts.
Harper and Treggs On Biletnikoff Award Watch List
Chris Harper and Bryce Treggs are both on the watch list for the 2013 Biletnikoff Award given annually to college football’s most outstanding receiver by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., the creator and sponsor of the award. Harper was announced on the preseason watch list in July, while Treggs was one of nine receivers added Sept. 24. Fans can vote for Treggs and Harper online at BiletnikoffAward.com. Every fan can vote once daily on the Biletnikoff Award Fan Vote page. The aggregate tally will be counted as one official vote when semifinalists, finalists and the winner are selected. The 10 semifinalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 18, with the three finalists selected on Nov. 25 and the winner announced Dec. 12 on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
All-Purpose Threat Muhammad Now Atop Running Back Depth Chart
Current starting running back and true freshman Khalfani Muhammad leads Cal, ranks sixth in the Pac-12 and 15th nationally with an average of 146.0 all-purpose yards per game.
Muhammad has a team-high 1,168 all-purpose yards (261 rush, 153 receiving, 754 kick return) in eight games, missing the Washington State contest due to injury. At UCLA, he compiled a career-best and team season-high 224 all-purpose yards. In addition to his career highs of 158 return yards on seven kick returns against the Bruins, Muhammad garnered his first collegiate start at running back and finished the game with a career-high 14 carries for 63 yards. Against Oregon State, Muhammad secured a personal-best 52-yard kick return among his five kick returns for 148 yards. At Washington, Muhammad rattled off a career-high 73-yard touchdown run, giving him 90 rushing yards on the night to go with his second rushing touchdown. Last week against Arizona, he scored his third career touchdown, which was also his first career receiving touchdown.
Muhammad has totaled team highs of 31 kick returns and 754 kick return yards on the season, with his average of 24.3 yards per kick return ranking third in the Pac-12 and tied for 35th nationally.
Against Portland State, Muhammad had 13 rushes for 68 rushing yards as well as his first collegiate touchdown on a four-yard scoring run that capped Cal’s first drive of the game. Muhammad also caught four passes for 85 yards, including a career-long 62-yarder, and added one kick return for 21 yards against the Vikings.
2013 Muhammad Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent All-Purpose Yardage (Rush-Rec-KR)
Northwestern 152 (8-18-126)
Portland State 174 (68-85-21)
Ohio State 142 (21-14-107)
Oregon 27 (2-0-25)
Washington State DNP
UCLA 224 (63-3-158)
Oregon State 154 (6-0-148)
Washington 148 (90-0-58)
Arizona 147 (3-33-111)
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.)
Portland State 13-68-1-33
Ohio State 5-21-0-7
Washington State DNP
Oregon State 6-6-0-6
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.)
Portland State 4-85-0-62
Ohio State 1-14-0-14
Washington State DNP
Oregon State 0-0-0-0
Opponent Kick Returns (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.)
Portland State 1-21-0-21
Ohio State 4-107-0-42
Washington State DNP
Oregon State 5-148-0-52
D’Amato Tied For 10th Nationally and Second in Pac-12 In Field Goals Made
Fourth-team Phil Steele Midseason All-American and Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award semifinalist Vincenzo D’Amato is tied for 18th nationally and fourth in the Pac-12 in field goals made per game with an average of 1.60. D’Amato has made 14 of his 17 attempts to rank fourth in the conference in field goal percentage (82.4%). He tied his career high with three makes in each of the first two games and added two more against Ohio State and Washington State. He also booted a season-high 51-yard field goal at UCLA, one yard shy of his career best 52-yarder at Washington State in 2012.
In addition, D’Amato threw his first career touchdown pass against Northwestern. On the opening drive of the season, Cal lined up for a field goal only to run a fake when holder Jackson Bouza flipped the ball back to D’Amato, who then passed it back to Bouza who ran in for the score to open the Sonny Dykes era. Those efforts helped Cal garner its first conference player of the week honors as D’Amato was named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week for the opening week of the season against Northwestern.
2013 D’Amato Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent FGM-FGA-LG ... PAT/ATT ... KO
Northwestern 3-3-38 ... 3-3 ... 7-429-61.3
Portland State 3-4-39 ... 4-4 ... 8-517-64.6
Ohio State 2-2-43 ... 4-4 ... 5-318-63.6
Oregon 1-1-46 ... 1-2 ... 3-165-55.0
Washington State 2-2-43 ... 2-2 ... 5-303-60.6
UCLA 1-1-51 ... 1-1 ... 3-195-65.0
Oregon State 1-2-22 ... 2-2 ... 4-258-64.5
Washington 1-1-25 ... 2-2 ... 4-224-56.0
Arizona 0-1 ... 4-4 ... 5-325-65.0
Leininger Emerging As A Ray Guy Award Candidate
Cole Leininger is emerging as a candidate for the Ray Guy Award, ranking second in the Pac-12 and No. 27 nationally with a 42.8 yard punt average. His average currently ranks eighth on Cal’s single-season list, and his career average of 41.3 ranks 10th at Cal. His first punt of the season went for a career-long 70 yards against Northwestern, while he has punted for 50 or more yards 10 times. Leininger had a career-best average of 49.0 against Ohio State, while he punted a career-high 10 times in his most recent game against Washington with nine of the punts coming in the first half. Leininger was a third-team preseason All-Pac-12 choice of Phil Steele after a solid freshman season when he played in all 12 games and averaged 39.9 yards per punt.
D’Amato Leads Cal’s Phil Steele Midseason Honorees
Vincenzo D’Amato was selected as a fourth-team All-American to lead five Cal players honored on Phil Steele 2013 Midseason All-American and All-Pac-12 teams announced on Oct. 17. D’Amato was also a second-team Midseason All-Pac-12 pick along with Chris Harper. Deandre Coleman, Khalfani Muhammad and Jordan Rigsbee earned third-team All-Pac-12 recognition. In addition, D’Amato was also recently named one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award.
Khairi Fortt Named Butkus Award Semifinalist
Khairi Fortt is one of 12 collegiate semifinalists for the prestigious Butkus Award® honoring the nation’s top linebackers at the high school, collegiate and professional levels. Fortt has started each of Cal’s first eight games and leads the team with 54 tackles, while adding 3.0 tackles for loss. Fortt had career highs of 13 tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss (-2 yards). The 13 tackles are the most by a Cal player in 2013, while the 2.0 tackles for loss equal the most.
Young Defenders Take Advantage of Opportunity
With a Cal defense that has seen nine prominent players (Nathan Broussard, Austin Clark, Nick Forbes, Mustafa Jalil, Alex Logan, Stefan McClure, Brennan Scarlett, Avery Sebastian, Sione Sina) miss at least most of the season due to injury and another be dismissed from the team (Chris McCain), it has given some of the younger players a chance to take on a bigger role. Khairi Fortt leads the team in tackles with 64, while redshirt freshman Hardy Nickerson is right behind Fortt with 60 takedowns. Cameron Walker (53) Jalen Jefferson (49), Damariay Drew (43) and Michael Lowe (41) each have 40 or more tackles with Walker posting career highs each of the past four games with eight at UCLA four weeks ago, nine three weeks ago against Oregon State, 10 two weeks ago at Washington and 13 last week against Arizona.
Nobel Laureate Randy Schekman To Be Honored
Earlier this month, Randy W. Schekman, professor of molecular and cell biology at Cal won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his role in revealing the machinery that regulates the transport and secretion of proteins in our cells. He shares the prize with James E. Rothman of Yale University and Thomas C. Südhof of Stanford University. Schekman will be an honorary captain for the coin toss during Saturday’s game
Discoveries by Schekman about how yeast secrete proteins led directly to the success of the biotechnology industry, which was able to coax yeast to release useful protein drugs, such as insulin and human growth hormone. The three scientists’ research on protein transport in cells, and how cells control this trafficking to secrete hormones and enzymes, illuminated the workings of a fundamental process in cell physiology.
Schekman is UC Berkeley’s 22nd Nobel Laureate, and the first to receive the prize in the area of physiology or medicine.
The History of Memorial Stadium
Originally completed in November 1923, Memorial Stadium is dedicated to University of California, Berkeley students, alumni and other Californians who lost their lives in World War I. Cal boasts an all-time record of 320-223-16 (.587) at Memorial Stadium. The Bears have enjoyed 12 undefeated home campaigns, including three in the past decade (2004, 2006, 2008). Cal has twice won eight home games in a season (1924, 1938). Memorial Stadium is also home to one of the most memorable moments in college football history – “The Play” – Cal’s five-lateral kickoff return on the final play of the 1982 Big Game to beat Stanford.
Home Field Advantage
Despite falling to Arizona in its most recent contest at Memorial Stadium, Cal is 44-20 in its last 64 home games and 40-19 at Memorial Stadium during the stretch. The Bears were 4-1 in home games at AT&T Park in 2011 while Memorial Stadium was being renovated.
• Defensive coordinator Andy Buh lists his hometown as Escondido, CA.
• Cal’s learning specialist Christine Ho received her master’s degree in postsecondary administration and student affairs at USC and worked as a learning assistant in the student-athlete academic services area.
• USC defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast spent the past three years (2010-12) as the defensive coordinator at California.
• USC graduate assistant coach Jon Farmerie spent the previous 2 seasons (2011-12) at Cal as a graduate assistant working with the defensive backs in 2012 after serving as a special teams quality control coach in 2011.
• Ten sets of Cal and USC players were previously teammates - Khairi Fortt and Silas Redd were teammates at Penn State before transferring; Todd Barr, Darius Powe, and Dion Bailey were teammates at Lakewood HS; Michael Barton, Jackson Bouza, and Michael Hutchings were teammates at De La Salle HS; Erik Bunte, Tre Madden, and Jahleel Pinner were teammates at Mission Viejo HS; Khalfani Muhammad and Kevin Carrasco were teammates at Notre Dame HS; Jalen Jefferson and Giovanni Di Poalo were teammates at St. Bonaventure HS; Chris Harper and Jordan Simmons were teammates at Crespi HS; Bryce Treggs and Nico Falah were teammates at St. John Bosco HS; Geoffrey Gibson and Xavier Grimble were teammates at Bishop Gorman HS; Kyle Kragen and Shane Sullivan were teammates at Diablo Valley JC.
‘The Grab’ Nominated for GEICO Play of the Year
Maurice Harris’ one-handed touchdown catch against Portland State dubbed ‘The Grab’ is a nominee for GEICO Play of the Year. Harris made ‘The Grab’ on a pass by Jared Goff in the second quarter of Cal’s 37-30 victory over Portland State
Each week, fans vote for the GEICO Play of the Year and the winner will be announced on GEICO Best of College Football 2013 on CBS Nov. 29 at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Jackson Bouza, Deandre Coleman, Stefan McClure and Freddie Tagaloa were selected as the Golden Bears’ season captains in a vote by the team’s players although McClure is out for the season after suffering a knee injury against Washington State. Cal also selects a game captain each week with the first seven picks being Mark Brazinski (Northwestern), Austin Hinder (Portland State), Dan Fadelli (Ohio State), Dan Camporeale (Oregon), Richard Rodgers (Washington State), Kyle Kragen (UCLA) and Bryce McGovern (Oregon State).
Catch the Bears on The Drive
Cal fans have the opportunity to get an all-access inside look at Cal football during the first season of the Sonny Dykes era through the show that will air on Pac-12 Networks this fall with each new 30-minute episode making its debut each Wednesday at 7 p.m. PT. Check the Pac-12 Networks TV schedule for additional repeats of the show, or visit pac-12.com/switch for information on how to get the Pac-12 Networks.
Listen To Cal Football On Inside The Locker Room
Cal fans can listen to head football coach Sonny Dykes, as well as assistant coaches and Cal football players throughout the season on Inside the Locker Room from the Memorial Stadium Field Club. In addition to Dykes, this Wednesday’s show will feature offensive quality control staff member Hunter McWilliams and Vincenzo D’Amato. Inside the Locker Room will air during the football season on Wednesday nights from 7-8 p.m. on KGO Radio 810 AM, and is hosted by Todd McKim. Coaches and student-athletes from the other 28 Golden Bear sport programs, as well as athletic department staff will also appear on the show that continues into March. The winter portion of the show will feature head coaches Mike Montgomery and Lindsay Gottlieb from the Cal men’s and women’s basketball programs. Fans can also listen to show on TuneIn by visiting calbears.com/TuneIn.
Beyond The Gridiron
Every Wednesday during the season, Cal fans can check out a new installment of Beyond the Gridiron on CalBears.com. Beyond the Gridiron takes an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at Cal players and coaches.
Brazinski Named Semifinalist for Campbell Trophy
Mark Brazinski is one of 170 candidates across all divisions of college football for the 2013 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, and he is also a semifinalist for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. The award is often referred to as the “Academic Heisman” Among the senior offensive lineman’s academic accomplishments at Cal include being the youngest person to ever be admitted to an information technology master’s program in Silicon Valley at the age of 20 (most of his classmates are in their mid-late 30’s). Brazinski received two bachelor’s degrees (Business Administration, Media Studies) in his first three years at Cal and is currently a graduate student in information technology. Brazinski is also a member of Mensa International, which is the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. It is a non-profit organization open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test.
What The Bears Will Be Wearing
The Bears, who are sporting brand new jerseys and helmets this year, will wear navy blue jerseys and gold pants for all home games this season. Cal wore grey jerseys and grey pants for road games at Oregon and Washington, and wore white jerseys with blue pants at UCLA. Cal will always wear navy helmets both at home and on the road.
Forbes Named to Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
Nick Forbes is on a 22-player roster across all levels of collegiate football selected by Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Recognizing the “good works” of a select group of college football players from across the country, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college sports. The award pays tribute to the positive impact these young student-athletes have had on their communities and the lives of others. Forbes has worked with a long list of community service organizations including Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, City of Berkeley, Playworks, Read Across America, SAGE Mentorship Project and Swim with Mike. Forbes has also been the vice president of the Golden Bear Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (GBAC) since 2011 and has represented Cal at both the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Advisory Conference and the NCAA APPLE Conference. In addition, Forbes has been a speaker at a local elementary school and to youth football teams speaking on the importance of education, respect, treating others right and staying out of trouble. He hosted Cal’s Oski Student Awards show in the spring of 2013 and also organized both a fashion show fundraiser and a student-athlete formal earlier this year.
Starkey In 39th Season
Long-time Cal radio play-by-play announcer Joe Starkey is enjoying his 39th season of calling Cal football. Starkey is currently the sixth-longest tenured radio announcer in the country and the longest tenured among Pac-12 announcers.
Cal Football in the Social Media and Online World
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